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This interview was conducted in May 2007 by Cindy Spring, who directs Close to Home: Living with Wildlife in the East Bay, a series of lectures and excursions designed to connect participants with the local environment.


The Keeper of the Waters

July 01, 2008 by Cindy Spring

Gayle Ciardi, the first woman to serve as a watershed keeper for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is the fourth-generation of her family to work on the SFPUC watershed.

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A Force To Be Reckoned With

July 01, 2007 by Cindy Spring

Barbara Salzman was “hooked on nature” after taking her young son on field trips with Elizabeth Terwilliger, Marin’s legendary environmental ...

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Sleuthing Sudden Oak Death

October 01, 2006 by Cindy Spring

By the time that sudden oak death (SOD) began hitting North Bay oaks and tanoaks in the mid-1990s, Ted Swiecki ...

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Don’t Call Them Bugs

July 01, 2006 by Cindy Spring

Edward Ross has visited every continent except Antarctica in pursuit of his passion for studying, collecting, dissecting, classifying, naming, photographing, ...

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Happy Trails

April 01, 2006 by Cindy Spring

The single-track trail along the creek looks quite inviting: just wide enough for hiking, with no fallen limbs or nasty ...

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Stone-Boiled Coffee and Other Old Ways

January 01, 2006 by Cindy Spring

We all have moments on hikes when we dream of being able to live directly off the land, plants, and ...

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Revitalizing Urban Creeks

January 01, 2005 by Cindy Spring

Urban creek restoration involves more than removing nonnative plants and substituting local ones. Add to that: volunteer management skills and ...

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Saving El Palo Alto

July 01, 2004 by Cindy Spring

Imagine a landmark so prominent that anyone looking south from San Francisco or north from San Jose could spot it. ...

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Grazing for Change

April 01, 2004 by Cindy Spring

When two hikers complained to state park rangers recently about an area severely trampled by grazing cows, they drew on ...

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